On April 15th, Coney Island New York, Masseria was eating at the Nuova Villa Tammaro restaurant. Capo and one time underboss of the Luciano crime family Vito Genovese was hungry for power and wanted to take control of the family from Costello. Upon arriving in the city he immediately set his sights on taking full control of all the rackets and the Mafia, becoming the Boss of Bosses capo di tutti capi. Although more educated and cultured than Masseria, Maranzano did have two things in common with his rival. On this series, the secrets of some of the mafia's most notorious outlaws are told by people who brought them to justice. Coppola was charged with the murder and other racketeering offenses in 1996 and went on the lam, before finally being apprehended and tried, where he was convicted of the racketeering, however acquitted of the Lardiere hit. The best way to reach him would be through his office at the Helmsley Building on 230 Park Avenue.
Maranzano lies dead in his office Luciano was called to Maranzano's office on September 10th 1931. Mafia hits are all part and parcel of being in the mob. Miraculously before Anastasia would stand trial again, 3 of the witnesses in his case were found dead and the 4th one disappeared. Mangano family Consigliere, Philip was found dead in marshland by a women fishing there. Mobster Vincent Gigante stepped into the lobby and fired a shot at Costello then left the scene. On this series, the secrets of some of the mafia's most notorious outlaws are told by people who brought them to justice.
In February 1930 when tensions mounted between the two leaders, the killings started and war broke out between the two factions of Joe the Boss and Salvatore Maranzano. He would eventually take control of the Morello crime family with Giuseppe Morello deciding to take a number two roll. A slower and much brutal murder than his predecessor Masseria, this murder was to spell the beginning of a new era for the mafia in America, a golden age and the rise of the biggest gangster of them all, Charles Lucky Luciano. Joe The Boss and the death card clutched in his hand Charles Luciano decided the war needed to end, so he went against his boss Masseria and made a deal with the enemy , Salvatore Maranzano. After Making a deal with Luciano to get rid of Masseria, Maranzano went against his original deal. The King of Cuba's casinos was on the verge of mob stardom when a revolution destroys his plans. He turned into a savage mass murderer killing as many as 200 people.
The Mobster Murderer This is a story of missed opportunities, of how New York's law enforcement agencies repeatedly failed to snare the Mafia's most blood thirsty killer - Roy DeMeo. His brother and boss of the family Vincent was never found. Luciano would be called to Maranzano's offices and upon entering the office, Luciano would be shot and killed by Mad Dog Coll. The mob boss apparently lunged forward towards the mirror in front of him at the reflections of the gunmen, eventually falling backwards onto the floor where he died. The shot did not kill the mob boss but grazed his head.
Instead in it's place he created the Mafia Commission with the Maranzano death scene photo in his office. On arriving in New York, he set his sights on taking over all the rackets in the city and becoming the Boss of Bosses Cappo di tutt'i capi. Synopsis: The Mafia's Greatest Hits. His body has never been found and nobody has ever been charged with his murder. The family would be named after him, the Anastasia crime family. Carlo Gambino would go onto be the most powerful mob boss since Charles Lucky Luciano. Here was a guy that could be useful to the mob, ruthless, tough and nerves of steel.
Killing people gave him such pleasure that he was gradually turned from a small time thug into a fully fledged serial killer obsessed with ritualistic murders. Upon entering Maranzano's office his men were relieved of their weapons and the Boss of Bosses was attacked, viciously! He is alleged to have been one of the shooters in the execution of Joe the Boss Masseria. Anastasia was again a free man. Instead of equality as promised he declared that all the gangs would be split up into five families, each would control rackets in one of the five boroughs of New York. Luciano understood that it was good for business to build relationships with Jewish and Irish gangsters.
Backed by Frank Costello that Anastasia had acted in self defense because Mangano had planed to kill his underboss, the commission accepted this story and Anastasia was now the Boss of his own family. After excusing himself to the bathroom the hitmen entered the restaurant and opened fire on Masseria. Joe arrived in America in 1902 and soon became a member of the Morello crime family. However the failed hit had the desired effect, and the ageing mob boss decided to step down as the boss of the family and retire. Luciano would have Masseria killed, in return he wanted to take over Masseria's gang and be an equal power with Maranzano in New York. The purveyors seemed to stay a step ahead of the pursuers, turning brutal killers into infamous, respected businessman in some segments of society.
The American Mafia would soon go on to be one of the most powerful and profitable crime groups in the world. Here Anastasia got a job working as a longshoreman on the Brooklyn waterfront. This murder was extremely big news back in 1957. On May 2nd 1957 while entering the the lobby of his apartment building Frank Costello was shot in the head. Guys like Maranzano and Masseria came from an older generation, they didn't speak English as well as the younger guys, they did not trust or do business with none Italian's and weren't Americanised like the younger breed of gangster's who had grown up in New York.
This did not sit well with gangsters like Luciano! It was here that Albert got himself into serious trouble. Instead Jewish gangsters were sent, arranged by his friend Meyer Lansky and posing as tax men. Charles Luciano would go on to keep the five family structure put in place by Maranzano, but abolished the the Boss of Bosses title. This hit would mark the end of the Castellammarese War and the beginning of a new era for the mob. But few are rarely more spectacular or provide more shock and awe than the execution of a mob boss.